Feliz Navidad!

By: Samuel Mills

Christmas is upon us and it is important that we step back as owners of Small to Medium businesses (SMEs) and thank those who are instrumental to our success.

But, before I give thanks to our valued friends in business, let me first thank you, the SME operator who has continued to provide employment and goods and services to our community within this challenging environment – here is to a successful 2021 and a roaring Christmas trade!

To customers, thank you for your continued support. It has been heartening despite the effect Covid-19 has also had.

To employees, thank you for your hard work and dedication. You are the integral piece of our businesses that keep us moving forward.

To suppliers, who no doubt will be receiving smaller Christmas hampers this year, apologies in advance – as fellow business owners we are sure that you understand.

To the accountants who complete the financial wizardry behind the scenes we thank you for your support. In some cases you are also the ones who can see beyond the emotional factors of running a business that we subjectively hold as SME operators and give us an inspiring forecast for the coming years that keeps us getting up at 4am to chase our dreams.

Thanks also to the lawyers. It may seem that we are grumpy and penny pinching at times, failing to pay our invoices for legal services until the last minute. But after the sting of the invoice has fallen away, we are grateful to you for keeping us in compliance with relevant regulations. Merry Christmas to your teams and here is to another year of keeping us out of the legal quagmire.

Last, and most definitely not least, to the New Zealand taxpayers who have provided significant support to SMEs through the provision of the Covid-19 wage subsidy and Small Business Cashflow Scheme loans. Without that support it is likely that a large proportion of us would have fallen over amd we will be thinking of you as we celebrate Christmas with our families and look forward to repaying your kindness into 2021 and beyond.

Meri Kirihimete and Feliz Navidad to you and yours. Enjoy the holidays and we look forward to working with you together in 2021 for a strong New Zealand economy.

Note: This is Sam’s final column for Hibiscus Matters, as he focuses on a new role. Thanks Sam!

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